The American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF) held an exclusive reception to benefit the Kendall College Charitable Trust on October 14 at a private home in Highland Park. More than 50 people attended, including Kendall alumni, AIWF members and friends of the host and hostess. Kendall students were also in attendance, helping with prep and service, as well as a culinary arts student who was recently granted a scholarship by the AIWF.
Gale Gand (Tru), Jason McLeod (Ria and Balsan at the Elysian Hotel), Merlin Verrier (Graham Elliot & Grahamwich) and Carlos and Debbie Nieto (Carlos’) treated guests to an array of extraordinary culinary creations. Champagne and white wine were also served while sommelier Dan Pilkey (Ria and Balsan at the Elysian) led a tasting of reserve wines for a lucky few in the spacious private cellar.
All proceeds from the event went to the Kendall College Charitable Trust, which is dedicated to providing financial support for students of need at Kendall College.
AIWF, a non-profit organization, was founded almost 30 years ago by Robert Mondavi and Julia Child with an educational mission. The Chicago chapter is relatively new, and Kim Hack, Chicago Chapter Chairman, says “our scholarship fundraising has been focused on helping as many students as possible benefit from the exceptional culinary training Kendall offers.”